By Equipment World Staff


Top 10

For 2010, readers were most interested in new product releases, with an article announcing Caterpillar’s new line of vocational trucks garnering the most visits for the year. News from Case, Doosan and JCB also landed in the top 10 list of news articles. California Air Resources Board information was a hot topic, with two spots in the top 10. Here’s the list:

1. Cat: New truck debuts at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

2. Cat signs Mike Rowe, “Dirty Jobs” star

3. 2010 Contractor’s Dream Package winner named

4. CARB on apology tour

5. Two-year delay on CARB regs

6. Doosan shifts away from Ingersoll Rand brand use

7. Case ends LBX ownership stake

8. $600 million now available in Tiger II grants

9. JCB: 18 new skid steer models in 2011

10. Cat acquires Bucyrus for $8.6 billion.

Get the latest on compact excavator safety

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has added important updates to its compact excavator safety manual, which is now offered in a Spanish/English version.

The 52-page manual features a new section on trenching safety, and AEM has expanded the sections on safe mounting and dismounting; utility locating practices; attachment installation; quick coupler installation, use and maintenance and new safety design features. To obtain a copy of the manual, visit


Ranking for “construction machinery operator” in CareerCast’s list of 200 jobs, based on income (estimated at $40,000 for operators), working environment, stress, physical demands and job outlook. Bottom of the list positions included mail carrier, photojournalist, child care worker and emergency medical technician.

$115 Billion

The amount that traffic congestion is now costing the U.S. economy annually. The record-breaking figure includes 5 billion hours of lost time and 4 billion gallons of wasted fuel, according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s annual “Urban Mobility” report, released in January.

Number of financed tracked skid steers, 2000-2010

Bobcat T 190 –Top financed new tracked skid steer in 2010*:


Digital exclusives for February

Digital Product Focus

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Product Focus Extra

Expanded content from our feature on page 71. See more compact excavator models from Bobcat, Mustang, Terex and Yanmar in our digital edition.

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